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The Inferno by Dante Alighieri | Bookworm Burrow
The Lady, exerting on her lover a power derived from the participationof her understanding in the divine, plays the role of the celestialintelligenze, who transmit the influence of the First Mover tothe universe at large. The poet is thus caught up in a circular processthrough which his understanding, like theirs, is drawn toward thedivine as manifested in the lady's divinely inspired radiance. ForGuinizelli this exploitation of the idea of celestial hierarchy isperhaps only a daring poetic conceit. For Dante it will become a meansto the articulation of his deepest intuitions.
ISTITUTO DANTE ALIGHIERI MILANO
By the late thirteenth and early fourteenth centuries, Florence had descended into a state of political chaos as the Guelfs, who supported the Pope, and the Ghibellines, who supported the emperor, fought for political control of the city. The struggle for power between these two parties ended in 1289 at the Battle of Campaldino where the Florentine Guelf forces defeated the Tuscan Ghibelline army. Dante fought alongside his Florentine brothers at this historic battle which would have important consequences for his future.
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In 1301, when conflict arose between the “Blacks,” the faction moststrongly committed to Guelf and papal interests, and the more moderateWhites, Pope Boniface VIII instigated a partisan settlement whichallowed the Blacks to exile the White leadership, of whom Dante wasone. He never returned to Florence, and played no further role inpublic life, though he remained passionately interested in Italianpolitics, and became virtually the prophet of world empire in the yearsleading up to the coronation of Henry VII of Luxemburg as head of theHoly Roman Empire (1312). The development of Dante's almost messianicsense of the imperial role is hard to trace, but it was doubtlessaffected by his bitterness over what he saw as the autocratic andtreacherous conduct of Pope Boniface, and a growing conviction thatonly a strong central authority could bring order to Italy.